This song post has been on my to-do list for a long time. Then, when AK (over at Songs of Yore) did his brilliant twin posts on Bharat Darshan—small-town India, and metropolis India, through songs—I decided it was high time I did get this done. Songs about towns and cities abroad.
The ‘towns and cities abroad’ theme can be divided into two distinct parts: one, the songs which mention a foreign place (without necessarily transporting the scene to the place in question); and two, the songs which are actually set and filmed abroad but may not actually mention anything about the place. With Hindi cinema being relatively low budget in the earlier decades, films—even those that were mostly set abroad, like Dr Kotnis ki Amar Kahaani or the many ‘historical’ and mythological films set in the Middle East—were shot wholly in India. It was only in later years, especially in the 60s, that films began to have scenes set abroad and shot abroad. Singapore, An Evening in Paris, Night in London, Love in Tokyo, Aankhen, Around the World… suddenly, many of the big budget films were being shot abroad, sometimes even to the extent of almost the entire film (An Evening in Paris, Love in Tokyo) being set abroad.
Those songs—the ones shot abroad—merit a separate post, because so many of them (Akele-akele kahaan jaa rahe ho, O mere shahekhubaan, Raat ke humsafar, Aye meri zindagi tu ajnabi toh nahin, etc) have little to do with the place itself. In this list, I’m restricting myself to songs that actually name a city or town, whether or not the song itself is shot there. There are some overlaps, since some great songs about cities are set in the cities they talk about.
Without further ado, then. As always, these are all from pre-70s films that I’ve seen, and all mention a city or town (not country or province) that isn’t in India.
1. Mere piya gaye Rangoon (Patanga, 1949): To start with, right next door, in a neighbouring country. Rangoon (now Yangon), the capital of Burma, which was once part of the British Indian Empire (the two countries were separated in 1937). Although there have been several films featuring Burma (think Burma Road and Howrah Bridge), this delightful old song is the one I automatically connect with Rangoon. The city is evoked by some painted pagodas on the backdrop (not to mention some ‘Burmese’ women) for this stage performance, and the lungi-clad Gope, bemoaning his fate at being separated from his beloved wife, is a scream. Much fun.
2. Jeevan mein ek baar aana Singapore (Singapore, 1960): A little further east. Too many sites across the web cite Sangam (1964) as the first film to be shot abroad. Not so, because four years before Raj Kapoor made and acted in Sangam, younger brother Shammi Kapoor had acted in a film that wasn’t just named for a foreign city, but was filmed almost completely in Singapore, and starred a Singaporean actress (Maria Menado) as well.
Singapore had lots of good songs, including one (Rasa sayang re) which was a fairly faithful copy of a Malayan folk song. This one, though, which mentions the name of the city itself, is the one I’m choosing. Not that Jeevan mein ek baar aana Singapore is all about Singapore, but Maria Menado’s character uses the name of her home town—combined with some pretty gardens, some temples, and a bevy of sarong-clad beauties (not to mention some plaster monkeys which reminded me of modern Indian gardens)—to tempt Shammi Kapoor to come to Singapore. Not really needed, since he already is in the city, but still.
3. Jaapan, love in Tokyo (Love in Tokyo, 1966): Still in the east, but moving up north, to Japan. Love in Tokyo was one of those rare Hindi films of the 60s that was set almost completely in Japan, and it had several songs that were shot outdoors. If I were asked to pick my favourite of the ‘outdoor songs’ of this film, I’d choose the happy version of O mere shaahekhubaan, with Sayonara a close second. The title song is a little too boisterous for my taste and makes me wince: what would the Japanese have thought of a ‘romantic couple’ where the man dropped his girlfriend, or where they knocked over a passerby just because they weren’t looking where they were going?
But it does say a good bit about Tokyo: Yeh toh shahar mastaana, jiska andaaz maashukaana, deta hai pyaar ka paimaana, karta hai sabko deewaana (This city is carefree, its spirit is of a lover; its message is one of love, it intoxicates everyone).
And, before I go on to the next song, an instance of ‘misheard lyrics’: when my mother was a girl, she remembers one of the servants at their home lustily singing “Le gayi dil budhiya Jaapan ki”. Which says a lot about the women of Japan, if you think about it.
4. Chalo Honolulu (Sanam, 1951): And, after Japan, a sweep to right across the Pacific Ocean, landing in Hawaii (interestingly, one of the places where lots of Japanese immigrants to the US ended up). When I first began thinking of cities for this post, I was stumped when it came to American cities. Amreeka, dream of millions of wannabe Indian immigrants: surely there would be some songs there? But while parts of An Evening in Paris and Around the World (not to mention countless films in more recent years) are set in the US, there seem to be few (no?) songs mentioning American cities.
Then I remembered this one. It’s not set in Honolulu, it doesn’t even say much about Honolulu except that it’s a place refreshingly different from the oppressiveness of India, where love is so stifled—but it’s an utterly delightful song, nonetheless. The male voice (I don’t know who this is) and Shamshad Begum sing it with much pep, and the antics of Gope and Meena Kumari are so much fun.
5. Bade bhaiya laaye hain London se chhori (Ek Hi Raasta, 1956): Another leap across another ocean—this time, the Atlantic, the ‘pond’ that separates the Americas from Europe—and we land in a country which has appeared in Hindi cinema a fair bit: the UK. British colonialism, and the post-independence influx of Indian immigrants, make England a somewhat familiar locale: so while Purab aur Pachhim, Night in London and Pyaar ka Sapna were partially filmed in London, you had umpteen characters (invariably leads, both male and female) going off to England to study.
With the songs, I couldn’t think of many about London. There is the title song of Night in London, of course, and the (not pre-70s, unfortunately) London se aaya hoon from Vachan—and then there’s this song, which became a ear-worm for me the first time I heard it and which every now and then, keeps popping into my head and refusing to leave. It is, believe it or not, a children’s song, sung at a party by what are obviously very precocious children. London, besides its name, doesn’t figure here at all: it just happens to be the home town (one presumes) of the bride Bade bhaiya has got for himself.
6. Dekho dekho dekho dekho an evening in Paris (An Evening in Paris, 1967): A hop, skip and a jump across the Channel, and we arrive in France. In Paris, to be precise.
Like the title song of Love in Tokyo, the title song of An Evening in Paris does justice to the city in question: it’s not just a word , not just a name put into the lyrics to rhyme with something else. Instead, the city forms an important part of the song, both in its lyrics as well as in its picturization (not to mention the fact that the song is actually a credits song, so the introduction to the film is through this song). Shammi Kapoor’s as-ever exuberant hero offers to show us the sights of Paris at night—and he does. And, since Paris is pretty much synonymous with romance, there’s a lot of egging on to fall in love—don’t miss the opportunity; take your chance at love.
7. Ge ge le ge le zara Timbaktu (Jhumroo, 1961): There are other songs about cities in Europe—Spy in Rome’s ‘Roaming in Rome’ comes to mind—but let’s go on south, and to another continent: Africa. Indian cinema seems to not have had much to do with Africa except in rare films like Fearless Nadia’s Jungle Princess, or Taqdeer, or Chandni Chowk. Which does strike me as a little odd, considering so many Indians went to Africa in the 19th century, and even later.
Anyhow, here we are, in a city that’s almost mythical. Timbaktu, once believed to be an African El Dorado, its streets paved with gold. Timbaktu, the ‘City of 333 Saints’, a pilgrimage centre of extreme importance. And, a city with a name that rolls off the tongue so easily, it begs to be incorporated into a song—and here it is, teamed up incongruously with Kathmandu, neither city having anything to do with the song itself. Just a word to rhyme with something else.
8. Mombasa Mombasa (Sargam, 1950): Another song that mentions an African city (in this case the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa), and the good thing here is that—while the song itself isn’t about Mombasa, at least the setting is somewhere on the East African coast. Our hero and heroine have washed up here after having been on a ship, and find themselves taken into an African tribe, along with sundry other fellow-passengers. Much happens in the course of this song (it is, in fact, one of those ‘climax songs’—the film’s main action near the end takes place while the singing is going on). Starting off as a song of despair, it acquires a different—and more upbeat—tone when Raj Kapoor’s character puts in an appearance.
9. Samarqand ke, Yarkand ke, Tashkent ke (Changez Khan, 1957): Moving on from Africa, up north and into Central Asia. With a song that covers not just one city, but three: Samarqand (in what is now Uzbekistan), Yarkand (Uighur Autonomous Region, China) and Tashkent (also Uzbekistan). The gifts of these cities, sing the two women, are bright, full of light. They go on to list all that may be found in these cities, all the stunning and delectable delights: bulbuls from Balkh, sandalwood from Greece, muslins from Hindustan, which promise to turn any woman into a hourie straight from Paradise… there are gifts from the Nile Valley; from Tehran and from the Sultan of Arabia, silks from China. But no, the woman they’re trying to tempt with all these beauties refuses; all she wants is her lover, the one she pines for.
10. Ek din Lahore ki thandi sadak (Sagaai, 1951): And, to end (after having done a complete circuit of the globe) we come back to the border. To a neighbour: Pakistan. In this hilarious song sung by a pair of soundly chastised ‘roadside Romeos’, a group of pretty girls strolling down a street on a cool evening in Lahore give back as good as they get—and with better effect. There’s nothing really about Lahore itself in this song (and it certainly isn’t picturized in that city, but on a stage, where a performance is being held), but it’s a delightful song nonetheless.
So that’s my list. Which songs would you add to this?
I had not heard the Honolulu song that you had listed above – and it was a fun watch – Meena Kumari is so young. I had not seen “Sanam”, so did not know she was in it as well.
But when I hear that city’s name, the song that immediately comes to my mind is this lovely O P Nayyar composition, sung by Asha.
And a song way after your selected time window is this Tamil song (there is a Hindi equivalent I believe, but this is the original). This one is bizarre because the song talks about Kilimanjaro, but it is completely shot in Machu Pichu in Peru. Apparently they shut down the whole place for a couple of days while they did the shooting. Must have been really annoying for tourists. Not to mention that there is a lot of political incorrectness in the song. But I like it a lot anyway :-)
I hadn’t heard Honolulu before – it seems Hongkong was full of songs that spoke of places far and wide! Thank you for that. :-) Nice song, too.
Kilimanjaro endhiran doesn’t really qualify, does it? As far as I know, Kilimanjaro is a mountain, not a town or city. Or am I mistaken? Whatever; picturising a Kilimanjaro song in Machu Pichu is – well, bizarre, as you put it. Pretty much everything about the song is kinda weird, as far as picturization goes…
While it does not qualify on the Kilimanjaro count (I checked – no such city/town/village in the region that I could find), it qualifies since it mentions Mohenjodaro. The only reason that is mentioned is cause it rhymes with Kilimanjaro – artificially inserted in there. Just adds to the bizarre-ness of the whole thing.
Now a couple of modern songs (past the timeframe of the ones you post)
Here is one that mentions London, Paris, New York, LA, San Francisco all in almost one breath. But you have to put up with watching SRK (I am totally not a fan, but I know there are many who are).
And since you were looking for a song with Baghdad in it – and this has some wonderful dancing by Madhuri Dixit – man she is light on her feet
Still ROTFL on the smurf comment. So perfectly apt. And sorry Madhu, I tried to listen to it without the visuals – still did not work for me – too shrieky. This was the phase when LP would get Lata to sing for Helen. Never got that. It just did not fit.
I suppose these songs would qualify – if the city’s name was in the first line (which was one of my criteria). Dard-e-Disco is not something I want to see again! Ghagra and Yeh jawaani hai deewaani was better.
When you get more than you asked for…: D
Well, there is of course some Arc de Triomphe and other tourists’ spots footage in the opening titles of “An Evening in Paris”, but the street scenes with Shammi Kapoor, the girls and the awesome car were very obviously filmed in Hamburg.
Everything is so 1960s Germany – neon advertising, clothes, hairstyles etc.
Wow. I had no idea that was shot in Hamburg. I’d been under the impression they’d stuck to Paris itself, since so much of the film is obviously shot in the city. But then they do try to pass off the Lebanese countryside as French, so I’m not really surprised. ;-)
what a delightful post.
I had been following AK ji’s posts on Bharat darshan, and it was very interesting to read your post after that.
As usual the commentary on the songs is very entertaining and enjoyable.
I liked it a lot.
Thanks for a World Tour in 10 songs.
Right now can’t think of any song to add.
May be in coming days, I may come up with a song at least.
I hope I do get at least one.
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the post. :-)
Oh God, this one qualifies?
Mera juta hai Japani.
And this one,
Chino Arab hamara from woh subah kabhi to aayegi
Oh, I shouldn’t have said so in my first comment about the songs. I thought of these two songs in just five minutes.
Sorry for these three comments which could have been only one.
And now I realize the post is about town and cities abroad and not foreign countries.
Sorry for my impatient and immature behavior.
The songs I mentioned obviously do not qualify.
Not a problem. :-) After all, I also messed up and posted songs that didn’t really fit with your ‘romantic songs’ post. No need to apologize!
What a wonderful idea for a theme post! Loved going through it and moreover I discovered three new songs, bade bhaiya laaye hain London se chhori, Samarqand ke, Yarkand ke, Tashkent ke and Mombasa, Mombasa. Thanks for that and the entertaining post.
I remember reading that the first Indian film to be shot abroad was shot in Egypt, but I don’t remember the name now. I think we discussed it some time back on fb.
Some songs for the list:
London, Paris ghoom ke dekhefrom Parivar (1967) in which the protagonist describe smore the sights of Delhi and compares them with his beloved’s looks.
Hong Kong, China-Mina,Singapore from Hong Kong (1962), where the words of the names of the cities are just mentioned for the purpose of rhyming, I think. Although she sings that she learnt to walk ‘matak-ke’ in Singapore.
It is particularly delightful to see Edwina dancing in the prelude so prominently.
The film Hongkong (1062) seems to have been very international in its song lyrics at least. It crosses three continents with its songs. Kenya, Uganda, Tanganiyka
The above song doesn’t fulfill the criteria of your list though. Sangeetbhakt has already mentioned the Honolulu song from the same film.
One song, which we discussed on fb was also mere saiyan ne bulaya from Dil Ka Heera (1979)
I would like to end my comment with the eternal city, which I have not visited for a long, long time now.
I have been wanting to travel to Rom(e) for quite some time, but I will pack my bag IMMEDIATELY since I know now that Waheeda is there :O :D
Stop, stop, STOP!
Not Waheeda but Ram lives in Rom(e).
Sorry to make you unpack your bags.
But on the other hand, Rome is always worth a visit. So, bon voyage!
Sorry, Hey Rom Rom here means ‘in all tiny parts of my whole body Ram is living’ and not the city Rome. Rom Rom is a Khaawat as they call in Hindi
I have a feeling Harvey was trying to be funny.
LOL! This ‘rom‘ has nothing to do with Rome (though I’d certainly advise you to visit Rome – I went there years back, and have always wanted to return, it’s such an amazingly unforgettable city).
Thank you, Harvey! I’m glad you liked this list. :-) I’ve completely forgotten about our discussion regarding the first Hindi film shot abroad – Egypt sounds like an interesting (and somewhat unexpected?) revelation.
The song from Parivaar had been on my longlist, but I hate that film with such a vengeance, I decided to skip it (and anyway, for London, Bade bhaiya laaye hain was my favourite). Hongkong Cheena-meena Singapore was on my mind (the first screenshot in my post is from that song), but couldn’t post it since I haven’t seen the film.
I like the other Hongkong song too, but you were being funny when you posted Rom-rom mein basnewaale, weren’t you? :-D
According to some internet sources, Naaz (1954) was the first Indian film to be shot outside India’s borders (imdb.com), viz., Egypt and England. I couldn’t find any videos of the film to verify it though.
Of course, the rom-rom me basnevale ram was posted in a lighter vein.
Thank you for that Naaz information! Interesting. I will keep an eye out for it. Nalini Jaywant and Ashok Kumar – that’s good enough reason to want to watch it, as far as I am concerned.
I did think you couldn’t have been serious about the Rom-rom song. ;-)
Harvey, this reminds me of the movie “God in a Can Can”! Guess which movie? Kan Kan mein Bhagwan!
LOL! That is hilarious, Lalitha. :-)
God is omnipresent, then why not in Can-Can?
Taking into consideration how close the bonds are between Afghanistan and India, I had thought, that there would be more songs on Kabul. Maybe there are more and I could find only these three.
Kabul se aaya hai mera dildar from Palay Khan (1986)
O gori Kabul aur Bukhara teri ek nazar from Khilaadi (1961)
With Bukhara, we have a new city for your list (it is mentioned already in the antara of the Changez Khan song). Usbekistan seems to be the only country to feature here with three cities.
Kabul ki main naar from Karodpati (1961)
Oh, thank you! I had been looking for Kabul songs, since they seemed among the most likely (perhaps Baghdad, too?), but couldn’t come up with any. These were nice, especially the last one – it makes me really want to watch the picturization! Such a fun song. :-)
Yup, Baghdad features so prominently in costume dramas and fantasy films of the 50s, that I thought, a Hindi film song featuring Baghdad would be easy to find.
Yes, considering we’ve even had films called Baghdad ka Jaadoo (which was pretty forgettable) and Thief of Baghdad – also one called Baghdad – I’d have thought songs about Baghdad would’ve been easy to find. But none that come to my mind, and none that have shown up yet in any of the searching I’ve done.
Good topic, but oh, so difficult. But still..
Where will you get London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, it even mentions Las Vegas (your American city :) ) – all in one horrible song? (Sharda and Mukesh – ’nuff said)
(Duniya ki sair kar lo from Around the World)
Another horrible, horrible song, I beg your forgiveness upfront.
London, again – Bade bhaiya laaye hai London se chori Ek Hi Rasta
China (like Mere piya gaye Rangoon, this one is also a stage song, or more accurately, a club song): Cheen se aaya chini baba from Mastana
“all in one horrible song? (Sharda and Mukesh – ’nuff said)”
Nevertheless, I’m grateful to them, that they don’t go cavorting around making dance moves and in short, a fool of themselves. But on the other hand… ah…, lets leave it at that. One positive thing about the song is enough, complaining only makes me feel negative.
I am sure I had heard that song (totally involuntarily on my part) in India quite often and it had become some sort of an ear-worm, but I couldn’t remember any of the antaras. I am glad that my brain is good in shutting off bad memories. Thanks, brain!
As for Night in London song, I was totally ignorant of it and now when I heard it, I thought the chorus was going, “Berlin-London, Berlin-London, Berlin-London!”, but maybe I was just distracted by the smurf-like tights, the ladies were wearing.
I won’t comment on the other two songs, I will leave them for Madhu! Thanks for the entertaining two songs, dear Anu!
” smurf-like tights, the ladies were wearing.”
Harvey, I have got a stitch in my side from laughing over that! LOL.
But you have to admit, it does remind one of the Smurfs, albeit giant ones.
Hehe! :-D It does.
Yes, that Night in London song is pretty bad, isn’t it? Not so awful if you only listen to it (which is what I’m doing right now) and don’t watch it. The colours and the general aesthetics (or lack of them) in the sets, the costumes – pretty much everything – make it more of an eyesore.
Around the World was such a ridiculous film. The one thing I liked there were some of Rajshree’s dresses; they suited her and were pretty chic. But the songs – oh, God.
Cheen se aaya was new to me! I liked it, a lot. Even if the geography seems a little wonky – Yokohama, last I heard of it, was in Japan, wasn’t it?
Bade bhaiya laaye hain London se chhori is on my list. :-)
Will a parody song fit here DO ? All the way to Zanzibar, the island of cloves and dhows.
Duniya Pagalon Ka Bazaar (Rafi and others) from Chacha Chowdhary 1953
Nothing to do with Zanzibar in the song but it sounds hilarious
Yes, of course parody songs will do. This one was new to me (though the songs it parodies were mostly familiar). Fun song!
The Hindi cinema-referencing (with Nimmi, Suraiya and Nargis being mentioned) is interesting too…
And how about mention of London dekha, Paris dekha, dekha Japan………. :), from
does it fit here ?
Yes, I do think it fits.
Finally I got one song. let me post it.
Hawa Hawai from Mr India.
The opening sentences in the song mention Hongkong Honolulu Mombasa etc.
The song has of course nothing to do with them.
I had forgotten that this song began with the names of all these cities! :-) Thank you for this. Honolulu and Mombasa seem to have been big favourites with lyricists, don’t they? Perhaps because of the somewhat alliterative nature of their names.
And may be this one from English vinglish
I loved this movie.
It looked so real. Mainly shridevi, just wonderful.
I’d forgotten about this one, too! Even though I did see this film (and liked it). I’m guessing songs about foreign cities would be more common in more recent films, what with so many films being set – even if only in part – abroad.
Just a minor observation- you mentioned Yangon as being the new name for Rangoon. You are right, but it is no longer the capital of Myanmar. The new capital is Napdiywi or something similar, hard to remember, pronounce or spell. I am sure i got it wrong!
Ah, how did I miss that bit of information? I had no idea the country’s capital had changed! Thank you for updating me on that.
Nice post. At least three songs were new for me, and these are all so nice. With the readers’ additions, now most parts of the world are covered. Only Latin America is missing. Too far for our filmmakers? I heard that the dubbed version of our saas-bahu soaps are very popular in Brazil.
Thanks for mentioning my twin posts. As a matter of fact I had planned it as a trilogy. The third one – you guessed it – Around the world, I have scheduled it for tomorrow. Some songs are common, but I hope you would find it interesting.
Oh, dear, AK. I had no idea you were planning to do an ‘international places’ songs post. If I’d known, I’d have postponed this one for later. :-( Sorry about that. I’m off to read your post too, and see which ones overlapped.
Not at all. Had I known that you were planning one, I would have requested you to coincide it at the same time. I would have also requested our friend Anu to join the party and create some kind of blogging history – three posts on identical themes at the same time on three different blogs. :)
We’ve actually done something of that sort, once – Anu, Bollyviewer and I did three related song lists – on nayan, aankhen and nazar (I think; I do recall that they were all about eyes) – a couple of years back or so. It was a lot of fun. :-)
A little contribution from me:
Yes, I mentioned London se aaya hoon in my post. Thanks for posting it – a fun song!
Sticking to your criteria of pre-70s songs, the first film coming to my mind was Aman (1967). Based on the atomic bombing, message of peace etc & primarily shot in Japan, it has the songs Aisuroo Aisuroo Mera Watan Japan (a sweet song and somewhat reminiscent of Sayonara Sayonara), and another one Barbad Hiroshima Ki Tasveer Dekh Lo, perhaps the only Hindi song dedicated to Hiroshima.
I had forgotten all about Aman (I suppose because I didn’t really like that film – it was too preachy and just too depressing). And I’d forgotten all about its songs. Thank you, especially, for Barbaad Hiroshima ki tasveer dekh lo.
Believe it or not, I was wondering if you or Anu had done songs that mention Indian cities, that lead to thinking of foriegn countries or cities. So logged on to your site to check and lo and behold here is your post ! Thoroughly enjoyed the songs on your list. Some heard for the first time. I was wondering if the male voice in “chalo Honolulu “ is one of the md duo Husnlal or Bhagat Ram. Just a guess. I had not heard this song . Here is a popular one that mentions Singapore and Shanghai.
Babuji main cheen se aayi, chini jaisa dil laayi.
Singaapur ka joban mera, Shanghai ki angarai.
Mera naam chin chin chu from Howrah Bridge
That is a coincidence indeed! Glad you enjoyed this post, Neeru.
I have no idea who that singer of Chalo Honolulu is, either – for a while I thought it might be C Ramachandra, but there doesn’t seem to be any evidence for that. So you may well be right.
Mera naam Chin Chin Choo was one song that occurred to me too, but the city names appear too far down the line, not in the first line (which was one of my criteria for this post).
Oops, I missed that part of introduction.
Sorry about the “dilli” instead of chinni in the lyrics, I was about to fix it, but hit the post button by mistake
No problem. I’ve corrected it for you. :-)
Thanks! Though the song didn’t fit :(
Doesn’t matter! I still love the song. :-)
New songs, not aware of them so much but yeah how about Baghdad (alas) to Delhi via Agra,
“Ghagra” song from the movie “yeh jawaani hai deewani 2013”.
If you listen the song you will notice, but there a part of song where the lyrics are:
“ TV pe breaking news haaye re mera ghagra haaye
Baghdad se leke Delhi via Agra “
Yes, someone else also mentioned this. The ‘Baghdad’ comes fairly late in the song – at least not in the first line, which was one of the criteria for this post.
Sala main to sahab ban Gaya by Kishore Kumar.
It fits? The city name comes very late, nearly by the end of antara.
A cousin of mine had suggested it when I posted the link to this post on Facebook. I told him I should’ve thought of that myself, since it used to be a favourite song if mine when I was a toddler. ;-) But no, the mention of London comes very late in the song for it to qualify.
I don’t know whether this song fits this topic, but anyway I’m posting below:
I hadn’t heard Dil tera deewana from Mr Qartoon MA before; cute song. The city name comes too far down the song, though – it’s not even in the first couple of lines.
Interesting theme Madhu and some really bizarre songs like the Honolulu one that I had absolutely no clue about! I can’t think of too many other songs that haven’t already been mentioned. One song that might work in this context except “Lahore” comes a bit late in the song and one can argue that this setting was pre-partition so technically it’s not “Foreign” :)
Main Nikla Gaddi Leke… From Gadar
Thank you, Ashish! (Incidentally, have you noticed? Gope actually has three songs to his credit in this list – all unintentional on my part, mind you).
The Gaddaar song might fit, but yes, Lahore is mentioned too far into the song. Plus, pre-partition, as you point out. :-)
i suddenly remembered one more song, an obvious one, if I come to think of now!
I don’t know how did I forget this one?
Badi Ranggen Hai Rangoon ki yeh sham from Aadhi Raat Ke Baad
my favourite Lata-Chitragut combo!
Wow! This one was new to me! Thank you. :-)
One more Kathmandu song.
chal chal re Kathamandu from Ram Bharose (1977)
In the very early 90s, on some private channel, I remember watching a clip on shooting of some Govinda film song. The song was,
dam bhar le pyar ka tu
bol bol ke Shiv Shambhu
I could never find this song again. Most probably the film was scraped and the music was never released
harveypam spot on, indeed there is one song Kathmundu o mundu sung by Kumar Sanu from Zulm Ki Hukumat 1992 and the film was released, here is the song on YT
Haha you beat me to it!
Thank you, swarint, for digging up this song. I’m very happy to see this song. I’d searched for this song quite often on youtube to see how this song had shaped up, but never found it. Now I’d given up all hopes of finding it ever and you come up with and surprise me. Thank you! It is interesting. The music sounds very much like that of R. D. Burman.
My pleasure harveypam :), glad we have the internet where we can get answers to our questions esp when we scratch our head in vain and try to locate a song for example which we know does exist ! Indeed this peppy song could have easily passed on as a Panchamda creation, cheers :)
Wow. I don’t remember this at all – but swarint has tracked it down! Yup, this song fits, and how. :-)
The month of Ramadan is going on .
Let’s take an opportunity 2 post a song on Madina in our “Around d world” series.
” Mubaraq ho tum sabko Haj ka mahina,
Na thi meri kismat ke dekhoon Madina ”
Coolie / 1983 / Anand Bakshi / Laxmikant – Pyarelal / Shabbir Kumar